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    How is COVID-19 affecting gender inequality in low-income countries? Insights from Sierra Leone

    Gender disparities in social and economic outcomes, already larger in the developing world than in the rich countries, have been exacerbated by the pandemic. Policy action is vital to address the compounding of existing inequalities and to protect the most vulnerable women. Editor’s note: This article is part of our International Women’s Day series. COVID-19 has...

    8 Mar 2021 | Madison Levine, Niccoló Meriggi, Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak, Vasudha Ramakrishna, Maarten Voors

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    The gendered impacts of COVID-19 in Mozambique: Challenges and way forward

    Despite reducing gender inequalities over the past two decades, COVID-19 threatens to erode Mozambique’s gains as the pandemic’s social and economic consequences disproportionately impact women and girls. To prevent backsliding and continue progress towards gender equality, Mozambique needs greater investments in access to basic services, enhanced social protection...

    4 Mar 2021 | Egas Daniel

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    Energy and empowerment in Lebanon: Impact of reliable energy supply in changing women’s lives

    The effects of poor-quality energy supply are not gender neutral, and fall more heavily on women. New research from Lebanon explores how sustained energy access enhances women’s day-to-day lives and better protects female-headed households. While access to sustainable energy is a necessary development goal for all countries, the co-benefits brought to gender equity should...

    3 Mar 2021 | Ali Ahmad

  • Project

    Women's mobility, job search, and employment: Follow-up evidence from a randomised control trial

    Unemployment and economically inactive people are one of the biggest challenges facing urban labour markets in low-income countries. In South Asian cities, this pattern is more pronounced across gender lines with women less likely than men to participate in the labour market, even at relatively high levels of education. This project investigates the constraints on women’s...

    18 Feb 2021 | Katherine Vyborny, Erica Field

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    Women, work, and the state: Service provision and female labour force

    A significant puzzle regarding India's recent economic development is the country's declining rate of female labour force participation (FLFP). According to the International Labour Organization, FLFP in India dropped from 35% (1990) to 27% (2014). This has occurred despite the steady increase of per capita income, education, and urbanisation, while fertility rates are...

    23 Nov 2020 | Devesh Kapur, Neelanjan Sircar, Milan Vaishnav

  • Event

    The growing concern around violence against women and girls

    Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is a human rights violation with great impact on victims, their families, and communities and is a growing concern both for India and the World. The global estimation states that 18% of women and girls aged 15 to 49 years have experienced physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner in the previous 12 months (UN Women 2020),...

    25 November 2020

  • Project

    Women as agents of change: How has women’s political mobilisation restructured political networks and changed local governance?

    The structure of political networks and relationships have consequences for how communities are governed; for the quality of public schools, the construction of infrastructure, and the fairness of access to public benefits. Political networks in Bihar, India vary across the state and are in transition from traditional clientelist relationships and caste-based identities...

    10 Nov 2020 | Soledad Artiz Prillaman, Jonathan Phillips

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    Does the gender of your co-worker matter? Evidence from call centres in India

    Gender integration in the workplace may have negative effects on employee productivity (Akerlof and Kranton 2000, Bertrand et al. 2015). This could decrease employee productivity if employees of different genders are (1) uncomfortable or distracted by each other’s presence (Kandel and Lazear 1992), (2) face communication barriers while interacting (Hamilton et al. 2012),...

    6 Oct 2020 | Deepshikha Batheja

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    Gender and mental health in Bihar and India: Developing tools for effective measurement

    India’s National Mental Health Programme (NMHP) recognizes that mental well-being is an important priority and that much more effort is needed to understand the determinants of mental health. This webinar will share recent research on mental health along various dimensions, including the measurement of mental health through the use of phone surveys, the prevalence of poor...

    10 July 2020

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    Each for equal: Bridging the gender gap and the data revolution

    In 2018, ahead of International Women’s Day, the International Growth Centre (IGC) convened a high-level discussion exploring how we can address the biggest challenges that stop women all around the world from being able to access secure jobs in safe working environments, free from all forms of discrimination and violence. In 2019, we discussed the importance of...

    16 Mar 2020 | Laura Sili